June 30, 2015

Another Somewhat Daily Dose of Useless Tidbits for June 30, 2015

Have Camera Will Travel has a really cool 360ยบ view of the Waterloo Panorama that captures the whole painting. View it HERE

DYK- The Panorama of the Battle of Waterloo is housed in its own purpose-built building next to the Lion’s Mound (Butte du Lion) at the battlefield. On the inside walls of the cylindrical building is a massive 360-degree canvas painted by Louis Dumoulin in 1912. It was commissioned for the 100th anniversary of the battle. The painting measures 361 feet (110m) around and nearly 40 feet (12 m) high. At the base of the painting are sections of life-size diorama depicting gory details of the battlefield, mud, dead horses, and all. Sound effects evoke the noisy commotion of the day.

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The Art of the of the Toy Soldier #82. George Washington on his horse Ajax by Hartland Plastics Co. c.1950s

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"The Princess"
by Klaus Fischer. This stunning figure can be found in a S-B-S guide on the Midscaping website HERE





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June 25, 2015

Product Spotlight: The Scenic Factory Now at MTSC

We are proud to offer a new range of scenics here at the Michigan Toy Soldier Co. The Scenic Factory was created in an effort to bring to the discriminating modeler, products that until now were not readily available. Although created around the 1/35 scale modeler, products can be adapted for use in all scales. The modeling industry has come a long way since ground foam and lichen were some of the only choices for scenery. Modeling and the building of dioramas has become a work of art, often not being able to tell the real from the model.  The Scenic Factory felt some products were missing from the mainstream that were not commercially available to the modeler, mainly preserved natural materials (not dried). 



From the forests and mud of the Ardennes to the hedgerows of Normandy, the trenches of the First World War to the Russian front of World War Two, The Scenic Factory offers everything you need to create realistic, museum quality figures, dioramas and scenes.

Many products in the range are labeled as "Preserved". These are preserved in a glycerin solution and dyed in the process. Though not a solve all, this process allows products to last longer, remain pliable and less brittle unlike "Dried Products." Care still needs to be taken in the care and handling of these products.


Some of the unique products available from The Scenic Factory include:

Mud
TSF produces a number of different muds with varying degrees of "body" or texture including loaded, light bodied, wet and dry looks. Excellent for basing figures, weathering up AFV and any other application where a nice chunk of earth is needed. Also sold in "Mud Kits" which include: Mud with 5 individual packs including 1 pack fern, 1 pack moss, 1 pack dead branch, 1 pack twig/stick and 1 pack pine sticks

Scenic Tuffs
TSF static tufts are made with finest static grasses available and use a heavier adhesive then other manufactures to avoid damage to tufts when dislodging them from backing. "Pop" tufts off of backing with hobby knife. Unlike other companies these are packaged in convenient multi-size packs.

Scenic Shrubs & Natural Scenery
Scenic Shrubs are another versatile product made from glycerin preserved shrub material and dyed, followed by a coating of a dimensional flocking. Use as is, combine together to make larger shrubs or snip apart for smaller ones. Mix different shades together for a more realistic effect. Caspia, field grass, flowers and weeds and pine needles, shrubs (sea foam) are other natural products for use in hundreds of diorama setting. Can be used in all scales. 

Dead Stuff
The Scenic Factory offers a large selection of bark texture powder, dead trees, branches, saplings, sticks, forest floors and debris. These versatile products can be used in hundreds of ways from making trees to replicating war torn forests. 




John, the owner of TSF has graciously sent along some samples of his products. If you are in the area stop by the shop and have a look or bring along a figure or base or AFV and add some of our samples to it!

MTSC's Caption This Image #91 Winner + This week's photo for Caption This Image #92

PLEASE NOTE:
Our 100th CAPTION THIS IMAGE is coming up soon and we need some clever images for this milestone. Send us some images. If we chose your to use you will receive a $100.00i Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier. The wing caption will also receive a $100.00 MichToy Gift Card. Email your entries to: michtoystaff@michtoy.com

CAPTION THIS IMAGE #91 WINNER
It's Thursday so...We have a winner for this weeks image. This one was too easy I guess as we had over 25 similar captions all based on 'you don't your your ass from a hole in the ground'. So we threw all the entries into the hat and pulled out Leroy Jones's name who is this weeks winner of a $25.00 Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier. Thanks to Leroy and everyone who entered.


CAPTION THIS IMAGE #92
Here is this weeks image. Come up with the wittiest caption for this image you will win a $25.00 gift card from Michigan Toy Soldier Company. Just think... you get free stuff and you get show off your comedic charms that will fly around the world via our Newsletter, Blog, Google+ & Facebook pages. We will post the winning entry right here every Thursday. Email your entries to: michtoystaff@michtoy.com

June 24, 2015

Another Daily Dose of Useless Tidbits for June 24, 2015

Figure Painter Magazine Issue 26
Is Now Available for Download


from the publisher..
Issue 26- For this issue the review guys have been busy and bring you seven…yes, seven reviews! We also have some fantastic tutorials including one from Sean Fulton on how he is painting his Chapter Master for the NOVA Open Charitable Foundation and Norman ‘Normski’ Ealand joins the fray and shows us how he scratch built his 1/72nd scale lighthouse model.
We have interviews with Golden Demon winner, David ‘Sproket’ Soper and not one Pegaso Models sculptor, but two — with Ebroin Song and a brilliant Insight interview with Mariano Numitone. This issue also has Martyn Dorey’s market place article, where he takes a look at several snow effect products and Tim Fitch show us how to strip…miniatures that is!
Packed to the rafters with miniature goodness.

STILL THE BEST DEAL ON THE WEB! FPM is available as a downloaded PDF for less then $2.00 a copy.  FPM is a independent magazine dedicated to sculpting, painting, displaying, collecting and gaming with miniature figures from all genre's. The magazine has details on new releases, reviews, interviews with the industries top painters and sculptors, show reports, tutorials and a user gallery.


"I Died in Hell...They called it Passchendale"
1/35th scale diorama by Per Olav Lund
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"Don't piss down my back and tell me its raining"

Random Funny Stuff for 24june2015
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June 23, 2015

Product Release News: Oh La La! Pin-ups from Master Box Models.

Need a attractive female to add a little class to your next project? A new release from Master Box could be just the set you need. Simply titled 'Pin Up'  This new six figure set of 'gals' herald from the World War Two era and are in 1/35th scale. 
View Product Page Here



June 20, 2015

Product Spotlight: New From Ak Interactive Modelling Full Ahead Volume 1 : Knox & Baleares Class



Modeling Full Ahead is a new series of short books about naval modeling. The aim is to concentrate on a specific ship in depth, from pictures showing all the angles of the ship, to the model kits you can use and, of course, a detailed step by step on how to transform your model ship into an outstanding work of art. For this first issue Fran Romero, well known naval modeling master, with the collaboration of the Italian modeler Luciano Rizzato, will guide you through the difficult, but exciting, way of modeling a Knox / Baleares Class frigate. 
View Product Page Here
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Follow Fran and Luciano in their journey around the Knox/Baleares Class, from standard kits to 4 outstanding models, with different levels of weathering, and learn in an easy and practical way their master modeling techniques. A book by modelers for modelers and a ‘must have’ to improve your naval modeling skills
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AKI-5000
Naval Acrylic Paint Set: Us Navy Camouflages Set
This set contains 6 acrylic paints specifically designed to paint US Navy camouflage during WWII war. The colors within each bottle are true to the original color, with a modification for scale effect. The formula of these acrylic paints are designed for use by both a brush and an airbrush. These paints are odorless and water soluble which avoids bad smells and the dangers of more aggressive thinners. These acrylics are manufactured by AK Interactive and are made with a formula that prevents clogging 
in the airbrush.
View Product Page Here

June 19, 2015

Another Daily Dose of Useless Tidbits for June 19, 2015

Don't forget your DAD...Father's Day is this Sunday!
200th Anniversary of The Battle of Waterloo
Michigan Toy Soldier customer Mike Switek's Napoleonic Square
diorama created with commercially sold figures and scenics.
Absolutely incredible & totally insane!
 
Waterloo Dioramas in 54mm using commercially sold figures.
View More HERE
 
WATERLOO: The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles By Bernard Cornwell

I can't recommend this book enough. It's one of the best books on a battle I have ever read. A definitive, illustrated history of one of the greatest battles ever fought—a riveting nonfiction chronicle published to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s last stand. I couldn't put it down and finished it in four days! 

Check out this great REVIEW from the Wall Street Journal that sums up the book better then I ever could. 



A huge diorama of the Battle of Waterloo has been restored to its spectacular former glory after a painstaking cleaning operation to remove 40 years of dust from 31,000 figures on it. Conservationists Kelvin and Mary Thatcher spent five months blowing and sucking grime off the 21,500 toy soldiers and 10,000 horses that make up the 25 square metre model of the battlefield. It's at the Royal Green Jackets Museum in Winchester, UK. More images & text HERE

June 18, 2015

MTSC's Caption This Image #90 Winner + This week's Image for Caption This Image #91

CAPTION THIS IMAGE #90 WINNER
It's Thursday so...We have a winner for this weeks image. Roger Gilbert who entered via our 'Over the Top' newsletter is this weeks winner of a $25.00 Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier. Thanks to Roger and everyone who entered.
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CAPTION THIS IMAGE #91
Here is this weeks image. Come up with the wittiest caption for this image you will win a $25.00 gift card from Michigan Toy Soldier Company. Just think... you get free stuff and you get show off your comedic charms that will fly around the world via our Newsletter, Blog, Google+ & Facebook pages. We will post the winning entry right here every Thursday. Email your entries to: michtoystaff@michtoy.com

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June 17, 2015

FIGURE OF THE WEEK #82: Dear Old Dad!

Fathers Day is this Sunday the 21st and what better Figure of the Week then Dear ol' Dad! This classic plastic dad comes from the Marx Toy Company and showed up in many a playset in the 50s & 60s. Of course these playets were in the form of dollhouse sets so 99% of you guys out there had no idea this figure even existed right? We never played with girls toys right? So hats off to all you dads out there who get the honor of being our FOTW!


If your dad tends to resemble Dan Draper then perhaps you will find  'All Business' dad more to your liking!

June 15, 2015

Another Daily Dose of Useless Tidbits for June 15, 2015


New images in our Relics & Militaria of The Great War album
Stunning French & Indian War diorama of the 78th Foot Grenadiers,
Battle of Sillery, Quebec, 1760. 54mm by Maurizio Berselli.
"1917 Stormtrooper" by Steven Zaloga from the
90mm Andrea Miniatures kit.
View our album Veterans of the Napoleonic Wars
New images in our Relics & Militaria of the American Civil War

June 11, 2015

MTSC's Caption This Image #89 Winner + This week's Image for Caption This Image #90


CAPTION THIS IMAGE #89 WINNER

It's Thursday so...We have a winner for this weeks image. Ray Spitz who entered via Facebook is this weeks winner of a $25.00 Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier. Thanks to Ray and everyone who entered. 


Caption This Image  #90
Here is this weeks image. Come up with the wittiest caption for this image you will win a $25.00 gift card from Michigan Toy Soldier Company. Just think... you get free stuff and you get show off your comedic charms that will fly around the world via our Newsletter, Blog, Google+ & Facebook pages. We will post the winning entry right here every Thursday. Email your entries to: michtoystaff@michtoy.com

June 10, 2015

FIGURE OF THE WEEK #81: Casualties from the Backyards of the 60s!

We buy and sell a lot of collections here at MTSC. I was recently sorting through a purchase of some Marx playsets from the 1960s when I came across this fella. Yup one of the ACW casualties! Shot guys, dead guys, wounded guys...they were all so cool. Firecrackers and matches helped many a soldier become a casualty of war. Doctor them up with a little red paint (or mom's nail polish in a pinch), bundle him up in some Johnson & Johnson Red Cross Tape and you had instant gore filled battle action. 


This guy definitely had a rough time but he seems in good hands even with the serious head wound he sustained as they have him all wrapped up and ready for transport to the aid station. I can picture in my head the kid in the backyard working hard to save this guy's life. Man we had it good in the 60s! 
...So today we find all the childhood backyard casualties of the imagination our FOTW.